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Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Brett Butler turns 57 years old today.

I am not talking about the comedian here…

I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff. Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.

During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290. One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.

The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt. With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base. He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.

During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils. After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Butler!!!

Marlins Call Up Top Prospects Christian Yelich And Jake Marisnick

Marlins Call Up Top Prospects Christian Yelich And Jake Marisnick

From CBSSports.com

The Marlins are going even younger. The team is calling up top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna and infielder Derek Dietrich will be sent to the minors to clear roster spots.

Yelich, 21, was ranked as Miami’s second best prospect behind Jose Fernandez coming into the season by Baseball America. He ranked eighth in their midseason update of the top 50 prospects in the game earlier this month. Baseball America said Yelich has “the pure swing of a future batting champion and an advanced approach” in their 2013 Prospect Handbook.

In 60 minor league games prior to the promotion, Yelich hit .274/.358/.504 with nine home runs. Forty-eight of those 60 games were at the Double-A level, the other 12 were low-level rehab games following heel problems. He is a .312/.387/.499 career hitter in 301 minor league games. Miami selected Yelich with the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Marisnick, 22, was ranked as the team’s fourth best prospect before the season by Baseball America. He did not crack the publication’s midseason top 50 prospects list. In the 2013 Prospect Handbook, Baseball America said Marisnick “has the potential to be a five-tool player, though questions linger about his bat.”

Prior to the promotion, Marisnick hit .290/.350/.490 with 12 homers and 11 stolen bases in 69 minor league games. Almost all of those were at the Double-A level alongside Yelich, but he did play three rehab games at a lower level after breaking his hand in spring training. The Marlins acquired Marisnick from the Blue Jays as part of the Jose Reyes/Mark Buehrle/Josh Johnson blockbuster this offseason.

Ozuna, 22, hit .265/.303/.389 with three home runs in 70 games with the Marlins this year. It was his big league debut. Baseball America considered him the club’s fifth best prospect coming into the season.

The 24-year-old Dietrich hit .214/.275/.405 with nine homers in 57 games for the Fish. It was his MLB debut as well. Miami acquired him from the Rays for Yunel Escobar over the winter.

I doubt the Marlins are calling up Yelich and Marisnick to sit on the bench, so expect them to join Giancarlo Stanton is baseball’s youngest and most exciting outfield.

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Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Brett Butler turns 56 years old today.

I am not talking about the comedian here…

I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff. Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.

During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290. One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.

The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt. With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base. He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.

During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils. After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Butler!!!

Have You Seen Some Of The Sweet Vintage Baseball T-Shirts At Homage.com?? I Am Drooling!!!

Have You Seen Some Of The Sweet Vintage Baseball T-Shirts At Homage.com??  I Am Drooling!!!

This blog post is not endorsed or sponsored by the people at www.homage.com.  But, if it were, I would ask for my payments to be made in 100% cotton t-shirts.

This morning while doing a little web shopping, I landed on an image of a t-shirt that immediately drew me in.

This is the culprit:

Found at www.homage.com, I was completely engrossed with the site and their selection of vintage baseball tees.

The Reggie Jackson shirt is sweet, and so is the Nolan Ryan:

And the Cal Ripken:

And Ozzie Smith:

And the Johnny Bench is outstanding too:

As is the Ernie Banks:

I am a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy.  And I have a lot of baseball t-shirts in my wardrobe.  I think that it is just a matter of time before a shirt or two from the Homage.com catalog end up in my collection.

Christmas is just around the corner…  🙂

S-W-E-E-T!!!!

 

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Brett Butler turns 55 years old today.

I am not talking about the comedian here…

I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff.  Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.

During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290.  One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.

The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt.  With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base.  He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.

During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils.  After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Butler!!!

Brett Butler 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Brett Butler 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

I always liked Brett Butler.   I watched a lot of Braves games in the mid-to-late 1980’s and Butler was a captivating player in my eyes.

Hell, I wanted to learn how to drop down a bunt all because of Brett.

This card of Butler from the 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set pays homage to his 1990 season.

It was during that 1990 campaign that Butler captured his career high in hits during a season with 192.  And of those 192 hits, 20 were doubles, 9 were triples, 3 were home runs, and 160 were singles!  Butler went on to steal 51 bases that year while also scoring 108 runs and driving in an additional 44.

A fantastic season!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Happy Birthday Brett Butler!!!

Brett Butler turns 54 years old today.

I am not talking about the comedian here…

I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff.  Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.

During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290.  One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.

The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt.  With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base.  He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.

During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils.  After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Butler!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – 2 New Rickey Henderson Cards

 These are the only cards I was able to find for my player collections.  The 1986 Donruss Rickey Henderson base card and the 1987 Donruss Opening Day card.  Both cards look great and I was able to pick them up for a combined price of $0.25!!! 

Gotta love those ‘Bargain Bins’!!!

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KiKi Jones Delivers In Just 8 Days…

Wow, 3 straight days of great mail!!!  I can hardly wait to get home tonight to see what awaits me in my mailbox.  I hope it’s not the Visa bill….

As I mentioned last week in this post, I found ‘Kiki Jones’ through some searching on the Internet.  After a few rounds of email between one another I asked if I could send him a baseball card to get an autograph and he obliged.

Well, just 8 days later I found this in my mailbox!!!

I’ve blown up the size of the image to display the signature better.  I am not sure what type of pen was used to sign this, but it is not very clear.

Either way, I am really happy that Kiki agreed to sign this for me.  Kiki Jones was the first rookie that I ever obsessed over, way back in 1990, and although he did not make the type of impact in the sport that either he or I had wished for this autograph means quite a bit to me.

Thanks Kiki!!!